Utilizing Exterior Insulation in the Built Prefab Enhanced Envelope
Built Prefab utilizes exterior insulation in its enhanced envelope and for houses built to Step 4 or 5 of the Energy Code, and in its Net Zero applications.
Rigid exterior insulation is a popular choice for improving the energy efficiency of a home. One of the most common types of rigid exterior insulation is expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. EPS insulation is an effective way to reduce thermal bridging, which is the transfer of heat through structural elements such as walls, roofs, and floors. This can result in significant energy savings, as well as increased comfort and improved indoor air quality.
Thermal bridging occurs when the structural elements of a building act as pathways for heat to escape. This can lead to drafts, uneven temperatures, and higher energy bills. Exterior insulation helps to reduce thermal bridging by adding an additional layer of insulation to the exterior of the building, which acts as a barrier to heat transfer. Rigid exterior EPS insulation is particularly effective in this regard, as it is a dense, durable material that can withstand the elements and provide a continuous barrier to heat transfer.
EPS insulation is a type of foam insulation that is made from expanded polystyrene beads that are fused together to form a rigid panel. It is one of the most affordable insulation options available and it is easy to install. EPS insulation is a popular choice for both new construction and retrofit projects because it is versatile, lightweight, and easy to handle. One of the biggest advantages of EPS insulation is that it is a relatively inexpensive option.
EPS insulation is also an effective barrier to heat transfer. It has a high R-value, which is a measure of the insulation’s effectiveness. The R-value of EPS insulation varies depending on the thickness of the panel, but it generally ranges from R-4 to R-6 per inch. This means that it can effectively prevent heat loss and keep your home warmer during the colder months.
Another benefit of using EPS insulation in your home is that it can help to improve indoor air quality. Because it is a closed-cell foam insulation, it does not absorb moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. This means that it can help to prevent air leaks and drafts, which can improve indoor air quality.
EPS insulation is also a great option for reducing noise pollution. Because it is a dense material, it can act as a barrier to sound. This means that it can help to keep noise from entering your home, which can be particularly beneficial if you live in a noisy area.
EPS insulation is also a great option for protecting the building envelope. Because it is a dense material, it can help to protect your home from the elements. This means that it can help to extend the life of your building and protect it from damage caused by moisture and weathering.
EPS insulation is also a sustainable insulation option. It is made from recycled materials, and it is also recyclable. This means that it is an environmentally friendly insulation option that can help to reduce waste and conserve resources.
In conclusion, using rigid exterior EPS insulation in home building is an effective way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It helps to reduce thermal bridging, resulting in significant energy savings, as well as increased comfort and improved indoor air quality. EPS insulation is an affordable, durable, and versatile insulation option that is easy to install. It also helps to improve indoor air quality, reduce noise pollution, protect the building envelope, and is a sustainable insulation option.
While EPS insulation has many benefits, it is important to note that it is not recommended to use in areas that are susceptible to termite infestations and in case of fire it can emit toxic fumes, so it is essential to consult with a professional before deciding on EPS insulation.
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